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  • Woman run over after alleged deal turns sour

    She's hospitalized in critical condition; two suspects are arrested
  • A 20-year-old woman is in critical condition after being run over in the north Medford Fred Meyer parking lot Monday night, the result of what police said was a failed drug deal.
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  • A 20-year-old woman is in critical condition after being run over in the north Medford Fred Meyer parking lot Monday night, the result of what police said was a failed drug deal.
    Police said Brittney Debler, now hospitalized at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, allegedly agreed to meet Andrew Daniel Arzner and Jerica Whittney Stinson, both 19, in the Fred Meyer parking lot, 2424 Crater Lake Highway, on Monday evening for a transaction involving opiate-based painkillers.
    Arzner and Stinson are romantically involved, police said.
    The three allegedly conducted the transaction through the open window of the passenger door of Arzner's 1987 Toyota 4Runner. During the meeting, police said, Stinson took Debler's money and Arzner tried to flee.
    "(Debler) counted out the money, gave it to them. They swiped the money and took off," said Lt. Mike Budreau of Medford police. "It got out of control from there."
    Authorities said Debler grabbed the vehicle door and held on while Arzner tried to drive away in an erratic manner, attempting to shake her loose.
    "We had several witnesses who reported the vehicle driving by them with her clinging to the vehicle," Budreau said. "It was long enough to where he was swerving the vehicle back and forth trying to shake her off."
    Debler eventually lost her grip and fell. One of the 4Runner's rear wheels ran over Debler after she hit the ground, and Arzner and Stinson fled the scene, police said.
    Police and fire officials responded to the scene at 7:50 p.m. Medford Fire-Rescue officials reported Debler had "significant" injuries. She was transported to RRMC, where she remained in critical condition Tuesday.
    Surveillance video captured the fleeing vehicle, and police put out a photograph of it to media outlets and posted it on their social-media sites. Less than 12 hours later, a caller told police the vehicle was located at a house in the 1900 block of Orchard Home Drive.
    Police found it at 6:40 a.m. When Arzner and Stinson were interviewed, they admitted to their involvement in the case, police said.
    Both were arrested and booked in the Jackson County Jail. Arzner was held for first- and second-degree robbery, second-degree assault, and hit-and-run injury charges Tuesday. His bail was set at more than $3 million.
    Stinson was booked on first- and second-degree robbery charges. Her bail was set at $2 million Tuesday.
    Court records show Arzner and Debler do not have criminal histories in Jackson County. Stinson was recently indicted on identity theft and second-degree theft charges in an unrelated case, records show.
    Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com.
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